Lawsuits

By - 8/3/13 - 12:47 pm

Two Delta flight attendants based at Logan Airport charge the airline would only pay them for time they spent in the air and say they're owed back wages for all the time they worked before and after flights.

Nancy DeSaint of Cranston, RI and Barbara Keenan of Salem filed a class-action lawsuit last month in Suffolk Superior Court. Delta moved this week to have the... Read more

By - 8/2/13 - 9:28 am

Boston University yesterday sued two more companies for allegedly violating a 1997 patent it holds on a technique for building LEDs.

In its suits against Hewlett-Packard and LG, filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges the companies are selling products that use the same process to create thin films of gallium arsenide as described in its patent, based on the work of... Read more

By - 7/25/13 - 10:07 am

The federal government says a wind turbine at a dormant mixed-use development in Chelsea isn't generating as much electricity as its owners claimed and is demanding the return of more than half the money the project got from a federal stimulus program.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, the US Attorney's office demands the return of $372,000 in American Recovery... Read more

By - 7/25/13 - 9:35 am

USO, the non-profit group that provides off-hours relaxation and "Care packages" for members of the US military, is suing Revere-based NECCO, alleging the company kept advertising "Red White and You" Sweetheart candies as benefiting service members even after a deal between the two lapsed.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday, USO acknowledges NECCO donated $75,000 to the organization in 2009... Read more

By - 7/19/13 - 11:30 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today slapped a Dedham company that fired a worker because it didn't want to bear the insurance costs of his wife's brain-tumor treatment.

Marc Flagg sued AliMed under the state's anti-discrimination law, arguing that firing him for taking care of his wife and their daughter amounted to workplace discrimination. A lower-court judge dismissed his claim, but the court's ruling today reinstates... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 11:24 am

First Richard Goren won a ruling in state court that an alleged review of his services on a site called Ripoff Report was libelous - and that the copyright for that review be transferred to him. Now Goren is suing the site in federal court, alleging its violating his copyright and demanding it take down the post.

In his suit, filed yesterday in US District... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 9:35 am

TechTarget of Newton says three former executives stole its proprietary information to build a competing business and filed suit yesterday to get them to knock it off. The executives, who now run a company called Prelytix, countered with their own suit, saying TechTarget is not all that, that they've built a new business based entirely on software they bought from another company and that a... Read more

By - 7/15/13 - 11:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can order e-mail providers such as Google hand over the complete e-mail records of people under indictment - if they're being investigated for additional charges and under strict supervision to ensure they don't get a look at any messages between the defendants and their lawyers.

The ruling comes in the case of the owner and an employee... Read more

By - 7/11/13 - 7:24 am

WCVB this week sued Aereo, which recently began a service to let people watch Boston TV stations, charging the company is ripping off the station's valuable local programming.

In its suit, filed in US District Court, WCVB says other companies that rebroadcast its programs do so only after paying a fee.

Aereo's service undermines the purposes served by the Copyright Act by exposing copyright

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By - 7/4/13 - 8:47 am

A Boston lawyer is suing Verizon over a monthly fee it imposed for the privilege of being able to make long-distance phone calls.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court, Brian Lenfest says the company should reimburse him and all other businesspeople it charged for the $10 "monthly minimum charge for long distance."

Lenfest says that while his statements say that in months... Read more

By - 7/4/13 - 8:27 am

In the latest lawsuit against a retail chain for its use of Zip codes, a woman who used to like shopping at the Gap in Wellesley is suing over mailings she never asked for.

In her suit, originally filed in state court but transferred to US District Court in Boston, Molly Karp says she shopped at the Wellesley Gap ten times over the past four... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 9:56 am

A Mansfield company that makes systems for depositing thin coatings on things says Gillette is violating its patents in the way it makes its Fusion ProGlide razor blades extra sharp.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Zond says it had extensive talks with Gillette about using its plasma technology to apply thin films to razor blades, but then Gillette... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:32 am

Boston University, which has been busy filing patent lawsuits against high-tech companies in recent months, yesterday added Apple to its legal sights.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges that the LEDs used in the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air violate a patent it holds based on the work of Theodore Moustakas, one of its electrical engineering... Read more

By - 6/30/13 - 9:26 am

Ed. note: Federal lawsuit filings have "summary" pages that list a specific amount the plaintiff demands. When I looked it up yesterday, the "demand" field read $10 billion (actually, "$10000000000"). This morning, it reads only $9,990,000.

A man who got his PhD at Harvard says the university and the professor he worked with tried to cheat him out of royalties on his work to develop... Read more

By - 6/27/13 - 8:18 am

A Mansfield man hired to help build sets for Adam Sandler's Boston-based "That's My Boy" is suing Sandler's production company, Sony, Columbia Pictures and Black and Decker because of what he says is the way he lost fingers on his right hand to a table saw.

In his suit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Richard Houpert says he was working on... Read more

By - 6/24/13 - 10:33 am

Associated Press reports the court will consider whether a law that bans anti-abortion activists from getting within 35 feet of people entering clinics violates their First Amendment rights.

In January, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the law, again, saying no "creative recalibration of First Amendment principles" would trump the privacy rights of clinic patients and that the Massachusetts... Read more

By - 6/11/13 - 7:34 am

A woman unable to use a $59 discount coupon for a local fitness club before it expired has filed a class-action lawsuit against locally based Rue La La on charges the expiration dates on its coupons violate federal and state consumer-protection laws.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston, Leah Mirabella seeks to become lead plaintiff in a case in... Read more

By - 6/7/13 - 4:03 pm

Ron Newman reports Jonathan Monsarrat's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss Monsarrat's lawsuit against him, former Somerville Journal editor Deb Filcman and 100 unnamed people with prejudice, which basically means Monsarrat can't file it again.

Pursuant to the provisions of Mass. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(i), the Plaintiff, Jonathan Graves Monsarrat, in the above-captioned matter, hereby files and gives notice of dismissal, with prejudice

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By - 6/7/13 - 8:02 am

Massachusetts residents yesterday sued Sur La Table and the Container Store after they say got junk mail even though they never gave the chains their addresses.

In separate lawsuits, Judith Monteferrante and Elizabeth Christiansen say the data mining the chains used to dredge up their addresses based on their Zip codes and credit-card information violates Massachusetts consumer-privacy laws.

In March, the Supreme Judicial Court... Read more

By - 6/7/13 - 7:44 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge has dismissed the council's lawsuit against a proposed development on South Huntington Avenue because it's not a branch of city government and so has no standing to sue.

The council is considering whether to appeal. On the bright side, the ruling could mean the council, elected by JP residents, can go back to ... Read more

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